When you try to choose a Netflix show to watch, you probably browse the options and look at their descriptions on the homepage. But you’ll notice that every time you hover over a title, a trailer will automatically start playing. This can quickly become a nuisance and noisy.
Fortunately, in 2020, the streaming giant answered the prayers of many binge watchers by giving us the option to stop those previews from playing automatically.
“We’ve heard the feedback loud and clear — members can now control whether or not they see autoplay previews on Netflix,” Netflix tweeted at the time.
If your binge-watching habit has become a problem, Netflix has also added the ability to disable autoplay of the next episode of a show. (It seems, however, that the judgmental “Are you still watching?” screen lives on for the rest of us.)
Any changes you make to your autoplay settings are specific to your profile and will take effect on all devices, according to a post in the Netflix Help Center.
Here’s how to enable or disable autoplay of trailers and episodes, according to Netflix. Plus, check out these Netflix tips that will completely change the way you watch TV and movies.
How to prevent Netflix from playing previews automatically
1. Sign in to Netflix from a web browser.
2. Select Manage profiles from the menu.
3. Select the profile you want to update.
4. Tick or uncheck the option Autoplay Previews While Browsing Everything devicesand Autoplay next episode in a series on all devices.
It may take a while for the setting change to take effect, Netflix noted. However, you can force the update by switching to a different profile and then switching back to yours to reload it.
If you’re one of the few people who enjoys a loud trailer that starts unannounced, don’t worry – you can leave your settings exactly as they are, and autoplay will remain enabled.
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